Murudeshwar : Lesser Known Places of Visit in Karnataka- Part V | Travel And Trekking

Murudeshwar : Lesser Known Places of Visit in Karnataka- Part V | Travel And Trekking

The spiritual town of Murudeshwar lies on the sea-front of the western part of Karnataka. It is at a distance of 160 Kms from the Mangalore city and being a sea shore town it attracts millions of pilgrims and holiday-makers alike to this place.

The major attraction of Murudeshwar town is the Murudeshwara temple and the massive 123 fts high statue which is said to be the world’s second-tallest Shiva statue. This massive 123 fts high statue of Lord Shiva on the Kanduka Hill is surrounded by water on all three sides and is designed in such way that it gets the Sun’s light directly falling on it which appears sparkling in the early morning sky.

Raja Gopura

Another attraction of Murudeshwar Temple is the temple’s raja gopura or entrance. Two life-size elephants made up of concrete, stands guard at the steps that leads to the entrance of the Raja Gopura. It is a 20 storied high structure which is installed with a lift that takes its visitors to the top of the gopura where viewers get to see a breath-taking view of the 123-feet  Lord Shiva’s idol.

Within the temple premises there are many depictions showcasing many major events from th eEpics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. One of that is the depiction of Ravana, who is  giving the Atma Linga to Lord Ganesha.

A depiction of Ravan Handing Atma Linga to Lord Ganesha Inside Murudeshwar temple

The entire structure is completely built in the year of 1999, by R.N Shetty, a philanthropist and businessman. Except the principle sanctum, which still holds the same old flavour, the whole temple has been transformed in the contemporary style.

Significance of Murudeshwar Temple

  • It is believed that, Lord Shiva was very happy on Ravana for his extreme penance and he had gifted the Atma Linga to Ravan as a gift.
  • Ravana was tricked By Lord Vishnu into placing the Atma Linga here and thus from those ancient days the Atma Linga of Lord Shiva is being worshiped here.
  • The mammoth statue of the four handed Lord Shiva is surrounded by the Arabian sea on three side and is built such that the first rays of the Sun always falls on the Shiva’s statue.
  • The gigantic 20 storied high and having a height of 238 fts the Raja Gopuram is the second tallest only to Srirangam temple in Tamilnadu ,of all the Gopurams in the world.
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Puja Timings at Murudeshwar Temple

The temple opens at 6am and closes at 8:30pm .The only time it closes are between 1pm and 3pm.

How to Reach Murudeshwara

By Road : The roads are on of the best ones to drive on. Single lane though, but excellent roads in addition to the natural beauty all along the way. The nearest city, Mangalore is at a distance of 160kms and it take less than 3 hrs to reach Murudeshwar. And Bangalore is at a distance of 490 Kms and it takes 9 hrs to reach there. The roads on this route are good to drive on and is a very scenic one.

The popular route to reach Murudheshwar from Bangalore is : Bangalore – Tumkur – Arsikere – Shivamoga – Sagar – Jog – Honnavar – Murudeshwar.

Google Map distance to reach Murudeshwar from Gokarna : 78 Kms

Google Map distance to reach Murudeshwar from Bhatkal : 12 Kms

Google Map distance to reach Murudeshwar from Chikmangalur : 238 Kms

Google Map distance to reach Murudeshwar from Udupi : 102 Kms

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By Rail : Murudeshwar has it’s own railway station and many major many trains halts at this station.

Trains details Between Mumbai and Murudeshwar

Train   Train Name                  From  Dep.   To         Arr.     Travel   M T W  T F  S  S
16345 NETRAVATI EXP              LTT     11.40  MRDW  02.40   15.00     Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
12619 MATSYAGANDHA EXP    LTT    15.20  MRDW   05.44   14.24     Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y

Trains details Between Bangalore- Yesvantpur and Murudeshwar

Train  Train Name          From   Dep.     To          Arr.     Travel    M T W T F S S
16595  KARWAR EXP       YPR     18.45    MRDW    05.56  11.11      Y  Y  Y  Y Y Y Y

By Air : The nearest airport to reach Murudeshwar is at Mangalore. Daily Non- Stop flights operate between major cities i.e Mumbai / Bangalore and the Mangalore city. The flight time is only 1 hrs 50 mins.

Where to Stay in Murudeshwar

Murudeshwar has lots of staying good options to suit every type of budget or luxury travelers needs, right from simple dormitories to lodges to luxury hotels. RNS Golf Resorts, Royal Oak Resorts in Bhatkal should be your best accommodation options.

Best time to Visit Murudeshwar

The months of October till May are the best time to visit Murudeshwar. Also during the holi MahaShivaratri, an important Hindu festival here and it is here celebrated with great enthusiasm.

A video on the Murudeshwar Temple and Jog Falls

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